Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Hi friends. Excuse the unannounced absence. If you follow me on IG, you know by now that I spent the last 10 days in Germany and finally got to see my family again after 2.5 years. It was a short, kinda last-minute trip and I honestly didn’t know if the trip was going to happen until the day before my departure. I hadn’t dared to get excited about it until I knew that I was actually getting on the plane the next morning.
I’ll share more about my trip in another post, but needless to say, being completely unplugged and present for my time back home was just what my soul needed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see everybody I would have liked to see during my visit (time was just too short and also because of Covid) and just focused on family this time, but my heart is so very full at this moment.
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Traveling during a pandemic still feels weird to me, although it wasn’t as stressful as anticipated. I felt pretty safe on the plane, not least because the plane wasn’t completely full (for the international leg) and most people were wearing their masks responsibly. I still was a bit afraid that I could have potentially caught Covid and brought it home to my parents’ house, as I didn’t have to get tested on my way to Germany (they don’t require a negative test anymore). I did do a home test before I left though and I tested myself a few times while I was in Germany.
I also had to show a negative antigen test on my way back to the US, which made me feel a bit better about being on the plane with other people on my way home (as they also had to have a negative test to fly!). Honestly, let’s just keep up with the precautions to keep everyone safe. It’s a relatively small price to pay IMHO.
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As you can probably guess, I shopped for a few things when I was overseas and while everybody told me that things have gotten so expensive (especially gas) in the last few months, everything is still so much cheaper than in the US. Most grocery items and household goods are a fraction of the US price. It’s mind-boggling. Of course, I also had to stop at Aldi while I was there. (When are we getting an Aldi in Northern California again, that is what I want to know.)
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When I returned home, I had a package from Peloton. A few weeks ago, I had received an email congratulating me on completing the 2021 Peloton Annual Challenge and reaching more than 15,000 workout minutes in 2021. As a gift of appreciation, they sent a pair of Capri tights and a workout tank to every member that completed the challenge. Very cool!
I can’t deny that I am excited to get back on the bike this weekend, although I was pretty active and earned my ‘blue dot’ (= Peloton Streak) every day through the app while I was in Germany.
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Regular posting will hopefully resume here shortly. I had a few drafts written before I left but ended up not opening my blog at all while I was away. Tell me, what’s been happening in your world? Did you have a nice Easter weekend?
Have a great weekend!